Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Gary A. Emmett

Playing alone: Are kids on handheld devices too often?

Monday, November 9, 2015, 5:30 AM
A recently published study in Pediatrics of 350 low-income preschool children in North Philadelphia showed more than half had their own televisions and more than 75 percent had their own computer tablet or smart phone by the age of 4. Almost all of the children started using these devices by their... Read more

Ride like Back to the Future, but do it safely

Wednesday, November 4, 2015, 5:30 AM
As all media is proclaiming, the day I am writing this blog, October 21, 2015, is the day that Marty McFly in Back to the Future 2 (1989) went to 26 years into his future. This movie introduced the concept of the personal hovercraft which every Millennial techno-geek and skateboarder still aspires... Read more

What’s the best treatment for most sore throats?

Thursday, September 17, 2015, 5:30 AM
Editor’s note: This is part of an occasional series on evidence-based medicine. When adults are ill, you’ll find a wide range of attitudes about their need for medical care from “I will just tough it out” to “GIVE me medicine right now!!” On the other hand, when... Read more

Back-to-school tips from Healthy Kids bloggers

Thursday, September 3, 2015, 5:30 AM
With school right around the corner, we asked our Healthy Kids bloggers to give us their best back-to-school tips. Here’s to a healthy, safe, and successful school year! Talk about how it feels to start school again. Model how to appropriately express your feelings and manage anxiety. Anxiety... Read more

The top 5 overused tests and procedures for ill newborns

Monday, July 20, 2015, 5:30 AM
Pediatrics published a paper online today with a most appropriate name: “Choosing Wisely in Newborn Medicine: Five Opportunities to Increase Value.” The paper emphasizes that stopping the use of five procedures on the smallest and sickest newborns would significantly decrease costs, but... Read more

Do we need developmental screenings during well visits?

Monday, July 13, 2015, 5:30 AM
It is not uncommon for a 2-year-old boy not to talk at his well-child visit. One of my own grandsons was not using words and needed speech therapy to get his speech started. At 3-years-old you cannot get him to keep quiet, though he is still clearly somewhat uncomfortable with his speech. My daughter... Read more

Do you know about the dangers of ‘dabbing’?

Monday, June 15, 2015, 5:30 AM
A more harmful way of preparing marijuana known as “dabbing” appears to be quickly spreading among users, according to an opinion article released online today from Pediatrics. Dabbing is the inhalation of concentrated tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) – the primary intoxicant in marijuana... Read more

Is there evidence behind medical marijuana?

Thursday, June 11, 2015, 5:30 AM
Editor’s note: This is the first in an occasional series on evidence-based medicine. I recently organized and moderated a “Hot Topic” symposium on marijuana’s effects on children and adolescents at the Pediatric Academic Societies meeting in San Diego. Whenever anyone hears... Read more

How often do concussions occur in football for kids and young adults?

Monday, May 4, 2015, 11:00 AM
In any one high school football season of 10 games, assuming 40 athletes participated; four players will have a concussion. Concussions in football occur frequently, but when do they usually happen? A slight majority of concussions happened during youth football games, but most concussions at the... Read more

Should I get genetic testing for my child?

Thursday, April 16, 2015, 5:30 AM
A working pediatrician trying to get through a busy schedule and not keep his other restless little patients waiting for too long, often fears the “exit door question.” What is an “exit door question?” After the purpose of the appointment is over, and the patient says, “By... Read more
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The Healthy Kids blog is your window into the latest news, research and advice around children's health. Learn more about our growing list of contributors here.

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Anna Nguyen Healthy Kids blog Editor
Sarah Levin Allen, Ph.D., CBIS Assistant Professor of Psychology at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Stephen Aronoff, M.D., M.B.A. Chair of the Department of Pediatrics at Temple University Hospital
Peter Bidey, D.O. Medical Director of Family Medicine at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Christopher C. Chang, MD, PhD, MBA, FAAAAI, FACAAI Associate Professor of Medicine in division of Rheumatology, Allergy and Clinical Immunology at UC Davis
Katherine K. Dahlsgaard, Ph.D. Lead Psychologist of The Anxiety Behaviors Clinic at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Gary A. Emmett, M.D., F.A.A.P Director of Hospital Pediatrics at TJU Hospital & Pediatrics Professor at Thomas Jefferson Univ.
Magee DeFelice, M.D. Chief of Allergy and Immunology at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children
Hazel Guinto-Ocampo, M.D. Chief of Pediatric Emergency Services at Nemours duPont Pediatrics/Bryn Mawr Hospital
Rima Himelstein, M.D. Adolescent Medicine Specialist at Crozer-Keystone Health System
Jessica Kendorski, PhD, NCSP, BCBA-D Associate Professor in School Psychology/Applied Behavior Analysis at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Anita Kulick President & CEO, Educating Communities for Parenting
Janet Rosenzweig, MS, PhD, MPA VP for Programs & Research for Prevent Child Abuse America
Beth Wallace Smith, R.D. Registered Dietitian at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Emiliano Tatar, M.D. Pediatrician at Einstein Healthcare Network Roxborough Plaza
Jeanette Trella, Pharm.D Managing Director at The Poison Control Center at CHOP
W. Douglas Tynan, Ph.D., ABPP Director of Integrated Health Care for American Psychological Association
Flaura Koplin Winston, M.D., Ph.D. Scientific Director of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s Center for Injury Research and Prevention
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